by Paul Sanders
Sound quality and style don't always come together, which is why Skullcandy headphones stand out from the competition. The unique style is instantly identifiable, and the quality sound reproduction -- including powerful bass -- demonstrates that Skullcandy headphones and earbuds aren't just for show. The durability and quality further prove that Skullcandy is a company you may want to consider when shopping for a new set of earphones or over-ear headphones. Here are some details on how Skullcandy gets it right when it comes to portable audio.
Style: These headphones are designed to get you noticed. Even Skullcandy earbuds come in dozens of color designs, all marked with the iconic Skullcandy logo. Flashy designs, like "G.I. Lurker" and "Grenade Black" describe an attitude as much as a style. Not all Skullcandy themes are aimed at the teen listener, though. You'll find just as many headphone styles featuring a sleeker, low-key design that is less busy but still manages to stand out.
Extras: For their price range, Skullcandy headphones and earbuds still feature a surprising number of features that stock headphones just leave out. A line-in microphone port works great for use with music phones, and an answer-call button lets you quickly switch from music to talk. A built-in volume slider makes it simple to adjust your headphone volume without reaching for your MP3 player, and some Skullcandy models even include play, pause and track controls for compatible players.
Durability: Quality construction is always a concern when selecting headphones and especially earbuds. Skullcandy seems to understand that, so they have built series after series of durable features into their headphones. The gold-plating makes superior, corrosion-resistant connectors. The cloth-covered headphone cables are just one indication of the attention to detail that Skullcandy designers put into this equipment.
Sound quality: The quality of sound is hard to describe unless you have experienced it firsthand. Certainly, Skullcandy headphones stand up well to competition, even when compared with high-priced noise-cancelling models. Rich mid-tones and low-distortion bass are hallmarks of Skullcandy quality. Battery-powered subwoofers make an even bigger impact on your music when enabled.
Affordable: With this level of sound quality, durability and attention to design, Skullcandy headphones sell well below their quality range. They definitely offer one of the best values for your money out of any headphones you could buy.